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Publisher's Summary

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it's different...

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

©2002 Neil Gaiman; (P)2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2003
  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novella, 2003
  • Nebula Award Winner, Best Novella, 2003

"An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons." (Publishers Weekly)
"The story is odd, strange, even slightly bizarre, but kids will hang on every word...and they will love being frightened out of their shoes. This is just right for all those requests for a scary book." (School Library Journal)
"A magnificently creepy story...for stouthearted kids who love a brush with the sinister, Coraline is spot on." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Through the eyes of a child

I've never read a book that so acutely felt like being a child, complete with the fears and trust that goes with.
AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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not as good as the film

This was a cool little story, but it wasn't on the same level as the movie but thats not discrediting the book.

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Should've read the book first

I LOVE the story. But, I saw the movie first and to be honest, I liked it better. Only because the movie really fleshed out the scenes and dialogue. Listening to this made it seem like I was listening to a basic bullet-point script of what I'd seen in the film... I would've enjoyed it much more had I read first, then watched.
But all in all, the writing is simple but engrossing. Gaiman truly is a genius

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good book well read

You know... I think I liked the movie more, although Gaiman is such a good reader that you can't go wrong with any version where he's reading his own works

That said: Really thinking about it after the fact I am seriously worrying about his relationship with him mother or maybe his mother in law .... I have a feeling the other mother is his mother, while the real parents are him and his wife, and the other mother is... well you get where I'm going

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As good as the movie!

The movie is one of my all time favorites and now that I have finally had a chance to experience the book I am happy to report that it is on equal ground with the movie.

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Very enjoyable!!

I always enjoy audiobooks read by the author and this didn't disappoint. Now, off to find the movie

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done it again

I find Gaimans books to be intellectually and even spiritually stimulating. I find that they make me feel like a child again believing in mystical and magical things while at the same time I find most of them to be not suitable for children. This one though I cannot wait to share with my boys. Coraline is an extra ordinary child

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Engaging and creepy

This was a great listen! Suitably spooky and disturbing even to an adult reader, and Gaiman's narration is quite good. The musical interludes felt a bit strange though, and pulled me out of the story when they popped up.

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Excellent

One of my favorite authors and also readers! The custom 80s-style ditties between chapters were a bit...odd but nothing can detract from a story so fun and well written!

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Contemporary classic

Gaiman’s tales are instant classics that will be celebrated long beyond his lifetime. His reading performance rivals the skill with which he writes, elevating this gem to an all star, best of Audible level. I love how this tale is at once creepy and beautiful, frightening and engaging, ghastly and charming.